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There are 6 ways to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego by bus, train, night bus, car or plane

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Bus  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca 6731 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9489 / ...

$34 - $82

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Train  •  6 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$45 - $110

Bus, night bus  •  6 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service
  2. Take the night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Amtrak Thruway Connecting Service

Drive  •  3 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego 219.9 miles

$21 - $35

Fly from Santa Barbara  •  5 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Santa Barbara (SBA) to San Diego (SAN) SBA - SAN

$122 - $655

Bus to Los Angeles, fly  •  4 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
  2. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$146 - $398

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The cheapest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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The quickest way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego is to drive which costs $21 - $35 and takes 3 h 44 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Santa Barbara to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Santa Barbara, Ca and arriving at San Diego, Ca via Los Angeles, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5 h 37 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Santa Barbara Amtrak and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot. Services depart five times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 18 min.

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The distance between Santa Barbara and San Diego is 189 miles. The road distance is 219.9 miles.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego without a car is to bus which takes 5 h 37 min and costs $30 - $85.

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It takes approximately 5 h 37 min to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego, including transfers.

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Santa Barbara to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, depart from Santa Barbara, Ca station.

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Santa Barbara to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Santa Barbara Amtrak station.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego is to bus which takes 5 h 37 min and costs $30 - $85. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $45 - $110 and takes 6 h 18 min, you could also fly, which costs $120 - $700 and takes 5 h 20 min.

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Map of how to get from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 188.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 37 min

What companies run services between Santa Barbara, CA, USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

You can take a bus from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles, Ca in around 5 h 37 min. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Santa Barbara to San Diego 5 times a day. Tickets cost $45 - $110 and the journey takes 6 h 18 min.

Airlines
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
5 h 3 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $650
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
4 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $700
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Denver
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Santa Barbara to San Diego via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $700
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
53 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Santa Barbara Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
6 h 18 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $110
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Coach Seat
$80 - $110
Room
$210 - $300
Bus operators
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, Ca to Los Angeles, Ca
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $24
Flexible
$29 - $40
Bus from Los Angeles, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$18 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$18 - $27
Flexible
$30 - $45
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Bus from Santa Barbara Amtrak to Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Night bus from Los Angeles Union Station Amtrak to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Website
amtrak.com
Santa Barbara Airbus
Website
sbairbus.com
Bus from Santa Barbara, CA to Los Angeles Airport, CA
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Schedules at
sbairbus.com

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There is no direct flight from Santa Barbara Airport to San Diego Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 1 min and has one stopover.

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Santa Barbara to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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Santa Barbara to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Santa Barbara to San Diego is 220 miles. It takes approximately 3 h 44 min to drive from Santa Barbara to San Diego.

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American Airlines and United Airlines offer flights from Santa Barbara Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1111+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $71 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Santa Barbara to Santa Barbara Airport is to bus which takes 22 min and costs $1 - $2.

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